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Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard

Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.

Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.

In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.

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Welcome to Macintosh Movie to Screen at Macworld Expo

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The upcoming Macworld Expo will feature not just one, but two documentaries about the world of the Macintosh. "Welcome to Macintosh" will be screened for one night only during the weeklong Macworld Expo, with a handful of special guests available for some Q&A after the film. Guy Kawasaki (who needs no introduction), Jim Reekes (creator of the Macintosh start-up sound, among much else), Ron Wayne (one of the original co-founders of Apple Computer), and others will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the film.

The official synopsis says the film "explores the early years of Apple, the many challenges Apple has faced, and what the future may hold for the company and its products. Ex-Apple employees, engineers, and community members offer insight on the company's innovations, failures, cultural impact, and what the future may be like beyond the reign of its co-founder Steve Jobs."

If you're already considering checking out the other documentary screening at Macworld Expo, "MacHEADS: A Fanboy Documentary," (see "MacHEADS Movie to Premiere at Macworld Expo", 2008-12-21), it may be worth checking out this one too. It looks like it might make a nice counterpart - focusing less on the fandom and culture of Mac, and more on a broader view of Apple, what the company has accomplished, and how it has achieved its current position in the industry.

"Welcome to Macintosh" will screen on Thursday, 08-Jan-09, from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas (at 1881 Post Street, at Fillmore). Seating is limited, so you may want to consider purchasing tickets ahead via BrownPaperTickets to secure a spot. Attendees will also be able to purchase the "Welcome to Macintosh" DVD, which contains over three hours of additional footage and features. For those unable to attend the Macworld Expo screening, the DVD is also available for purchase from Filmbaby.com

 

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